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Pakistani troops killed, 5 injured in border clashes with Afghan forces

16 April 2018, 03:19 | Opal Carroll

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Two Pakistani security personnel were martyred and nine others injured in the clashes. The Afghan officials blamed that the Pakistani troops crossed on to their side of the border, prompting a response by border forces and the local tribal force.

Tribal elders reportedly made announcements at several mosques in the nearby areas, appealing tribesmen to join the security personnel on the border. Following the announcement, several armed tribesmen belonging to Toori, Bangash and other tribes reached the border area and started patrolling the area. Afghanistan does not recognize it as an worldwide border and has objected to new fortifications being built by Pakistan.

Afghanistan has refused to recognise the Durand Line - a 2,400-kilometre frontier drawn by the British in 1896 - as it splits the Pashtun ethnic group between the nations.

At least two Pakistani security personnel were killed and five others injured in an attack from across the Afghanistan border on Sunday, the military said in a statement.

The ISPR statement further said that the officials were reviewing fencing arrangements on the border when the incident occurred.

2 Pakistani security personnel killed in attack from across Afghan border

Col. Hanan added that local villagers and the Afghan Border Police retaliated with gunfire. Clashes are still underway, Col Hanan said. Habibi told BBC Pashto service that the clashes stopped in the afternoon as both sides declared a ceasefire after hours of cross-border engagement."Fighting was stopped on Pakistan's request", the governor said.

Mangal said three Pakistani guards were also taken into custody.

Earlier in April, Afghanistan accused Pakistan of conducting the air strikes and firing hundreds of shells in Afghan's eastern border province of Kunar.

Afghan officials often give conflicting casualty figures.

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